Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Setting a Goal

Like many of you, Kristen and I have been deeply inspired by our experience in this class. We feel compelled to act on what we've learned, and we want to glorify God and advance the Gospel through our actions.

Last Sunday we learned about how the Church has abdicated its responsibility to serve the poor. In response to this, many Christian families have begun to support social justice causes on an individual basis. This can be frustrating, though, because it's easy to feel small and insignificant when you give alone.

As a class, we have a special opportunity to act as a group of believers. By pooling our resources and our efforts, we can achieve more than a single individual or family. Here's the challenge: let's see what God can accomplish through our group. Let's set an ambitious goal and watch Him work through us.

The problem of access to clean water has been an recurring theme in class, so I think it would be appropriate to pursue a project along these lines. I encourage you to read about the deep wells built by World Vision. They can pump 2,800 gallons of water per day, serving the needs of over 300 people. Best of all, the construction of a well is accompanied by the proclamation of the Gospel.

A deep well certainly qualifies as an ambitious goal. At $13,700, some might even suggest that it is out of our reach. However, I believe that this is the perfect opportunity for us to rely on God and have faith in Him. Reaching such a lofty goal would force us to put aside our own pride, work together, solicit the involvement of the rest of EBC, and humbly acknowledge the true Provider.

Please pray about this opportunity, asking God to show us His will and to give us the means to pursue it. If this proposed goal sounds interesting, I would love to discuss it with you on Sunday.

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